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WARNING: I've never written drabbles before, so most of these will probably be terrible xD
This is just intended as a fun way to pass the time during quarantine.
Author's Chapter Notes:
4/5/20 Prompt: Isolation

From google dictionary, the second definition for isolated: "Having minimal contact or little in common with others; solitary; lonely."
Henry stared into the playroom, a concerned frown pulling at his features. "What's wrong with him?"

"Nothing's wrong. It's perfectly normal."

Henry scoffed. Yeah right.

With Madeleine out of town, and the Gusters helping with a church fundraiser, the duty of picking up the boys from preschool today had fallen on him. What he hadn't expected to find was his usually exuberant son playing alone, completely absorbed in his own little world.

"He prefers playing by himself."

Henry's frown deepened. Shawn was so outgoing and social; this couldn't be normal.

The teacher hesitated. "He sometimes has trouble connecting with other children. I think he's starting to realize he's different from them, and it's taking some time to adjust to that idea. Trust me, this is normal for gifted children. He'll figure out how to fit in when he's ready."

Henry almost laughed at the term. This "gift" seemed to cause more problems every day.

"Besides, he's not completely alone."

Well, she was right about that. Henry smiled, watching Gus's futile efforts to bring order to Shawn's playdoh chaos. Shawn would figure out this social issue someday, he was sure; and, until then, Gus would never let him feel truly isolated.
Chapter End Notes:
They seemed to imply several times in the series that Shawn had trouble connecting with others as a child, but he doesn't seem to have this issue as an adult, so I couldn't help wondering if maybe his habit of downplaying his intelligence is to help him fit in better with others? This little piece started out as an exploration of that, but ended up having to be cut down for the 200 word limit. Hopefully it still fits the prompt well enough. :)

Anyway, this is officially my first drabble, and my first time writing anything for Psych. I had fun with it. Thank you for reading!


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